Benda Bilili! (2011)
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as Makemo Nzale
as Theo "Coude" Nsituvuidi
as Zadis Mbulu Nzungu
as Djunana Tanga-Suele
as Coco Ngambali Yakala
as Paulin "Cavalier" Kiara-Maigi
as Claude Kinunu Montana
as Roger Landu
as Leon "Ricky" Likabu
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Staff Benda Bilili's unlikely triumph is an epic feat, with or without anyone's help.
From out of the gloom comes the hypnotic grooves of a band called Staff Benda Bilili. The name means "look beyond appearances," and the members of this remarkable musical collective do just that.
Benda Belili! reminds us that we need to look beyond The X Factor to discover musical talent that strikes a deeper chord.
"Benda Bilili!" earns its exclamation point. It's a feel-good movie that actually makes you feel good, a story that will have you shaking your head in astonishment and moving your feet to some unstoppable rhythms.
"Benda Bilili!" is brutally real, a document of willpower that shows not only the magic of transcendence - which may be fleeting - but also the transformation of aspiring to it, every struggling step of the way.
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Best music documentary since 'Searching For Sugarman'. It's a story of homeless congolese Ricky and his friends who overcome their roots and surroundings to become world music phenomenon. Not only they live in politically conflicted nation, they are also disabled and wheeled chaired. But that didn't stop Ricky and his bandmates to keep making amazing music, and french reporters who discovered them spent five years to finally release their album worldwide. The band's name 'Banda Bilili' means 'look beyond appearances' in the tribe's language, and what an appropriate name for a band who defies all the odds despite what people thought of them and their future. Enjoy the movie and most of it all, their music is twice as nice!
Superlative and incredibly moving music doc. Review soon.
Set during a dark time, ''Benda Bilili'' manages to be one of the most uplifting films of 2011. Even though this documentary is set during a very dark time in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the filmmakers bring light to the film by showing us the achievements of the group of musicians the filmmakers follow. It is a fascinating journey that shows us just how much can be achieved with so little. One of 2011's best so far.